About Farm Women's Symposium
As a recognized non-profit organization, we are highly supported by many key agricultural businesses and commodity organizations. Activities are planned and the organization is governed by a 100% volunteer committee made up of women of agriculture spanning the State of Michigan.
Wanda Skinner, Ubly, MI
Born and raised in Michigan, the Harbor Beach native graduated from Baker College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration majoring in marketing and management. Wanda Skinner has worked at GreenStone Farm Credit Services since 2008, serving the rural thumb area. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, reading and crafting. She also frequently volunteers for many local organizations. Wanda and her husband Jeff of 20 years currently resides in Ubly, Michigan
Kimberly Clunis, Pinconning, MI
Most people refer to me as Kimba but my name is Kimberly Clunis. I was born and raised around Flint. I’m the true story of a City Girl turned Country. I started FWS in 2004 when it was in Frankenmuth. I have not missed a year since. I was a Dairy Farmer. I could talk about my life as a Farmer and have people understand. I have met so many women who are now my close friends. I have created wonderful friendships because of FWS.
Shari Konkel, Branch, MI
Shari Konkel was born and raised on a dairy farm in Hesperia MI, where she was active in 4-H, showing dairy heifers and cows at the county fair, as well as daily chores at the farm. After receiving an Animal Science degree from MSU, she and husband Frank owned/operated a farrow-to-finish hog farm for 10 years. After phasing out of hogs, the couple took her brother Lance as partner in 1993, expanding and building a new dairy complex they called "Silver Sky" across the road from her folks, eventually buying them out. After raising five children, none who were interested in taking over the 325-cow herd and 900+ acre farm, they decided to retire early, sold the cows in 2014, leased the farm, and moved an hour northwest to a house on the Pere Marquette River deep in the Manistee Nat'l Forest. After a major renovation/addition project in 2016, they are enjoying retirement and keeping tabs on their kids: Frank R., Talon (both in Arlington VA/work in DC); Gavin (Asheville NC); Bronwyn (engineer at GM/Warren); and Broderick (Grand Rapids MI). Frank also has a daughter, Katie Rose (horse reiner/coach-Grant MI), and four grandchildren. Shari enjoys reading, gardening, writing when inspired, baking, but appreciates that Frank does the cooking in the family!
Emelee Rajzer, Decatur, MI
Emelee's passion for agriculture started at a very young age, with having a small greenhouse and helping with harvest at her grandparent's fruit farm. A graduate of MSU, with a B. S. in horticulture, Emelee went to work for MSU Extension, as a Horticulture Agent and began working with GreenStone Farm Credit Services in 2006. Emelee, her husband and sons, help on the family farm, greenhouse and farm market in Decatur. Emelee enjoys gardening, crafts and spending time with her family in her free time.
Keri Bancroft, Buckley, MI
Keri grew up in Traverse City, MI and moved to a Dairy farm in Buckley, MI in 2005. She has an Associates Degree in Business from Northwestern Michigan College and works off the farm for a local CPA. In 2008 she married her husband Greg, a third generation dairy farmer. Since her move to the farm, the farm has transitioned from Dairy to Row Crops and Beef Cattle and Keri and her husband now own the family farm. In addition to the farming, Keri and Greg are also partners in the family auction company, Wayne Bancroft Auction Service LLC and spend most Saturdays selling items from one person to another. Keri and Greg have one daughter, Carley, who is blessed to follow in her father’s footprints being raised on the family farm.
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